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Become A Pet/Ct Technologist

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Working As A Pet/Ct Technologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $77,980

    Average Salary

What Does A Pet/Ct Technologist Do

A Pet/CT Technologist performs examinations of patients of all ages for the purpose of assisting in the diagnosis of illnesses. They maintain a clean environment inside and outside of the mobile coach/facility.

How To Become A Pet/Ct Technologist

Radiologic technologists and MRI technologists typically need an associate’s degree. Many MRI technologists start out as radiologic technologists and specialize later in their career. Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Education

An associate’s degree is the most common educational requirement for radiologic and MRI technologists. There also are postsecondary education programs that lead to graduate certificates or bachelor’s degrees. Education programs typically include both classroom study and clinical work. Coursework includes anatomy, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits programs in radiography. Completing an accredited program is required for licensure in some states.

High school students who are interested in radiologic or MRI technology should take courses that focus on math and science, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics. 

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

MRI technologists typically have less than 5 years of work experience as radiologic technologists.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Requirements vary by state.

To become licensed, technologists must usually graduate from an accredited program, and pass a certification exam from the state or obtain a certification from a certifying body. Certifications for radiologic technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certifications for MRI technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). For specific licensure requirements for radiologic technologists and MRI technologists, contact the state’s health board.

Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Radiologic and MRI technologists must follow exact instructions to get the images needed for diagnoses.

Interpersonal skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists work closely with patients who may be in extreme pain or mentally stressed. Technologists must be able to put the patient at ease to get usable images.

Math skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists may need to calculate and mix the right doses of chemicals used in imaging procedures.

Physical stamina. Radiologic and MRI technologists often work on their feet for long periods during their shift and they must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists must understand how to operate complex machinery.

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Pet/Ct Technologist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    49.8%
  • Male

    48.0%
  • Unknown

    2.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.7%
  • Asian

    8.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.9%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    1.0%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    53.8%
  • Mandarin

    7.7%
  • Polish

    7.7%
  • Portuguese

    3.8%
  • Chinese

    3.8%
  • Vietnamese

    3.8%
  • German

    3.8%
  • Japanese

    3.8%
  • French

    3.8%
  • Hindi

    3.8%
  • Arabic

    3.8%
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Top Skills for A Pet/Ct Technologist

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Top Pet/Ct Technologist Skills

  1. General Nuclear Medicine
  2. Radiation Safety
  3. IV
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • General Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear Cardiology stress testing procedures, Beatrice Community Health Center, Beatrice, Nebraska.
  • Obtained Authorized User through Ohio State University * Became Radiation Safety Officer within 6 months of employment.
  • Performed diagnostic PET/CT and general nuclear medicine studies including level 2 bone scans with IV contrast.
  • Ensured the highest levels of patient care and concern was consistently demonstrated by all staff.
  • Secured accreditation from the American College of Radiology.

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